- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 37355th edition (August 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399159673
- ISBN-13: 978-0399159671
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Paperback – February 5, 2013
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"A bible for budget travellers."—BBC Travel
“Whether you’re a savvy backpacker or just dreaming of getting a passport and going overseas, Matt’s collection of easy-to-employ money-saving strategies will open your eyes to the near-infinite ways of seeing the world without busting your budget.” —Matt Gross, former New York Times Frugal Traveler
“If you’ve longed to travel the world but figured it was just an unattainable pipe-dream, take that pipe out of your mouth and read this book. Matt Kepnes does the math and shows you how to make this dream a reality, from how to save for an extended trip, which credit card to get, how to handle banking on the road, to a breakdown of how to save on accommodations, transportation, food, and activities. Matt proves that for most Americans, traveling is cheaper than staying home.” —Marilyn Terrell, National Geographic Traveler
“A celeb in the travel blogging world, Matt is your go-to guy for all things budget backpacker. This book is an awesome resource for any traveler looking to maximize their adventures without maxing out their credit cards.” —Julia Dimon, Travel Writer, Outside TV
“There are very few people in the world who have gathered as much first-hand knowledge about long-term world travel as Nomadic Matt. This book will guide you from the first exclamation of ‘I’m going traveling!’ through the planning, take-off, and navigation. Filled with insider strategies and resources, it’s a valuable primer for your upcoming adventures.” —Tim Leffel, author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations
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I was skeptical about buying this book because I'm a well, "veteran" cheapo traveller. But I saved several hundred dollars instantly when I read about the various websites that Mr. Kepnes talked about in his book (specifically the ones that consolidate the low-cost airlines - not found in google travel). And over the next few days of booking accommodations, I continued saving. Well to be fair, the several hundred dollars savings was for me and four other friends - but still!
What a great book - excellent tips, well written and easily digested. I wish I had written such a useful book. The cost of the book is insignificant compared to what you would save even if you are a solo traveller so don't hesitate to get this book.
Full disclosure: I'm not related to Mr. Kepnes and paid full price for the kindle edition of the book.
I was surprised that the advice in the book was so elementary. Join frequent flyer clubs, get a credit card that is affiliated with one or more of the clubs to maximize points, consider staying at a youth hostel, use secondary airports, search the internet for cheap airline prices. Before you bid for travel on Priceline or Hotwire, check the internet for information that people post about their own bid history. Very little that I haven't already read several times somewhere else.
Also, the thrust of the book was surprising to me. I'm an older (60+) occasional traveler, who considers the watch-out-for-the-hidden-fees world of travel costs to be alternately frustrating and scary, and I'm looking for protection. This book appears to be written for the youthful, carefree, sell-all-your-stuff-and-wander-the-world-for-a-year-or-more backpacking crowd. I really don't need a lot of advice about how to pare my possessions down to the minimum, and get rid of the stuff I don't need. Frankly, I love all my stuff -- PARTICULARLY the stuff I don't need!
I would recommend taking advantage of Kepnes's well-written blog, and pass on this book.
Part 2 on money saving tips provides the checklists you ignore at the peril of your spending rate.
Part 3 covers specific destination with terse, what you need to know without unnecessary detail, coverage. Exclusion of the Middle East and Africa prevent the book from being comprehensive. For the rest of the world, food, accommodation, travel, attractions and activities are covered. Each section ends with "How much money do you need?" and for more expensive countries (eg, Australia) he is clear that $50 a day is not realistic.
The main text concludes with putting it all together. Author Matt reminds you that the $50 a day is based on his his costs and experiences when actually travelling around the world. He then presents a sample budget for a one year round the world excursion.
Some of the negative reviews have been dismissive about some of the tips. Matt understands that what is common sense simple for one reader is a needed reminder for another. As you go through the book its comprehensive, high level coverage of how to travel on a sensible budget will enable you to go where you want without cost being the barrier to departure.
On his travel guide sections- I find that I travel in the same way and use the same methods as Matt. Similar splurges, similar evaluations of where to spend and where not to. And I like that Matt leaves things open and doesn't recommend which specific places to stay and eat, just provides descriptions of what the levels of accommodations and travel are like as well as gives examples of local food and attraction prices.
But most important to me is that this book and his blog, inspire me and give me courage to travel more outside my comfort zone. You just have to realize that no one wants to hurt you (99.5% of the world), people weaker/less skilled than you are travelling every day, and if things just don't work out you come home. I find myself increasingly motivated to travel and live around the world and have made actual steps towards these goals because of this book. Can't recommend highly enough to travelers, those about to travel, or those who are scared of it.